CAMDEN, NJ — Five Camden City organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities are part of the 25 receiving $222,000 in grant money, the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) announced Wednesday.

“The stories of these organizations adapting to meet the needs of their neighbors and communities under stressful conditions with limited resources are both inspiring and sobering,” said Andy Fraizer, CFSJ Executive Director.

The Camden-city based organizations include the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County, Cathedral Kitchen, Joseph's House of Camden, Koinonia Family Life and the Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ.

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“Our hope is that this funding provides much-needed relief in their continued efforts to serve vulnerable individuals impacted by the health, social, and economic consequences of the pandemic.” Fraizer said, “There is much work still to do. Our team is evaluating the next round of grants and while we have commitments and pledges totaling $1 million, grant requests now exceed $6 million.”

As of today, the CFSJ's COVID-19 Response Fund has awarded $332,000 to organizations in the following counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.

“This round of grants continues our commitment to partner with nonprofit partners making a difference on the front-lines,” said Wanda Hardy, Chairperson of the foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee. “The generous outpouring of support received from donors, large and small, is a heartwarming sign of hope. Our South Jersey community cares.”

Below are more details over how the groups have adjusted to the pandemic. Links are also provided :

Boys & Girls Club Camden County

Boys & Girls Club of Camden County is expanding virtual academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, job training, and social recreation activities, as well as delivering education supplies and food.

Cathedral Kitchen 

Cathedral Kitchen is preparing to deliver weekly meals, food, and personal hygiene items to partners throughout Camden & Pennsauken.

Joseph’s House of Camden

Joseph’s House of Camden is meeting the basic needs of its Camden County clients, including personal hygiene assistance, food, and access to human services including securing personal identification, public benefits, mental health & addiction counseling, and veterans services.

Koinonia Family Life 

A partner of the Food Bank of South Jersey, Koinonia Family Life is procuring equipment necessary to transition their food distribution families in Camden to a grab & go model.

Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ 

Ronald McDonald House is continuing to offer meals, laundry, and a place to stay for families of seriously ill and traumatically injured children receiving care throughout South Jersey.

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